Conversational Italian: UNO SÌ UNO NO (every other…)

By Manu Venditti | Advanced

Dec 03

Transcript

  • ENGLISH
  • ITALIANO

In this video 100% in Italian (and therefore for Advanced Students) we look at a very common Italian expression of time.

It is:
UNO SÌ E UNO NO

It’s like saying:
– alternatively (in an alternating fashion) 


The expression is often changed to adapt to the situation, following this model:

[UN/UNO/UNA/UN’] + [NOUN] + [SÌ], [UN/UNO/UNA/UN’] + [NOUN] + [NO]

Where the noun is the same in both cases. 


If I say:

VEDO MIO FRATELLO UN GIORNO SÌ E UN GIORNO NO.
(literally “I see my brother a day yes, a day not”)

I’m basically saying that:
I see my brother every other day.

VEDO MIO FRATELLO UNA SETTIMANA SÌ, UNA SETTIMANA NO.
(literally “I see my brother one week yes, one week not”)

I’m basically saying that:
I see my brother every other week.

If I say:
ANDIAMO IN VACANZA IN ITALIA UN ANNO SÌ, UN ANNO NO.
(literally “we go on vacation to Italy a year yes, a year not”)

It means that we visit Italy every other year.


Other expressions used in the video lesson:

UN DITO SÌ UN DITO NO. (every other finger)
UN LIBRO SÌ, UN LIBRO NO. (every other book)

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